Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
Speaking Volumes
In the history of photography, Alfred Stieglitz is a storied name -- as it is in the history of all modern art. He was a great pioneer, both as practitioner and theorist. Beginning in the 1890s, he began taking his bold, distinctive photos, images that, in time, began convincing skeptics that photography could indeed be an art form. He continued...
SPEAKING VOLUMES I knew very few details about the life of legendary modern dancer Isadora Duncan when some friends and I -- seniors in college at the time -- went to see the 1969 film The Loves of Isadora . The movie was pretty much a mess. Karel Reisz, who began his career as an accomplished editor before he turned...
On tragedy and triumph in Theresienstadt
SPEAKING VOLUMES Theresienstadt -- the concentration camp due north of Prague, Czechoslovakia -- came to be known as "the model ghetto," used to demonstrate to visiting Red Cross officials how well the Jews were being treated, and especially, how much freedom they had to express themselves creatively. All of this effort was meant to put to rest once and for...
For a time, a great collaboration lit up the musical stage
SPEAKING VOLUMES I wonder whether the great mass of people who have seen one version or another of Fiddler on the Roof since it premiered on Broadway in 1964 would know, if asked, who wrote the work. Fiddler was and continues to be one of the most popular shows in theater history, and is performed every season -- if not...
George Gershwin was a natural wonder whose talent was turning out masterpiece after masterpiece
I remember once sitting at the bar of a trendy Center City restaurant some time in the late-'80s and overhearing the couple next to me talking about the music being quietly piped into the place. At one point, the woman asked her companion if he knew the name of the song that was playing; he shrugged his shoulders and said...


Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.



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